Unknown gunmen suspected to be robbers have killed the wife of Managing Director Maerskline, Gildas Tohouo and critically injured the man at their Luggard Drive, Ikoyi residence on Sunday night.
It was gathered that the incident occurred around 9 pm after their electrician/building maintenance man came to the apartment located at the Cul De Sac Compound, the same as former Head of State Ernest Shonekan, off Oba Adeyinka Oyekan under the guise of fixing an electrical fault.
The couple didn’t know that the man had smuggled an accomplice into the building whom he claimed was a guest at the party going on at an expatriate’s flat, the next neighbour.
After he successfully smuggled in his accomplice, they allegedly tampered with electricity into the Tohouo’s apartment and then requested their permission to enter their apartment to resolve the power issue.
After being granted access, the suspect and his accomplice allegedly separated the couple. He succeeded in forcing the wife to transfer some money to their account, collected her Automated Teller Machine (ATM) card and stabbed her thereafter.
It was alleged that the deceased was forced to drink acid before being suffocated with a pillow in order to cover up their tracks.
Tohouo, who also forced to drink acid as well after being stabbed was able to send a distress alert to the Maersk security unit which the Chief Security Officer (CSO) intercepted and contacted Police Commissioner Hakeem Odumosu.
It was gathered that Odumosu led an operation to the couple’s residence, surrounded the area and commenced a search for the attackers alleged to be ransacking the house for valuables.
Meanwhile, another account has it that it was an assassination attempt on the couple whose three children were left unhurt.
A source said they had earlier had a dispute over the generator, fueling insinuations the attack on them was an inside job.
“Their electrician came with his friend and had accessed based on recognition. They locked both husband and wife in different rooms. Forced the wife to transfer some money to them and also collected her ATM card.
“Equally forced them to drink acid. Wife was suffocated with pillow afterward. The husband had the opportunity to call his CSO who alerted the police.
“A team led by the CP arrived the scene and surrounded the premises while the suspects were still there. They were both apprehended.”
Confirming the incident, Lagos State Police Command spokesman, Bala Elkana identified the two suspects arrested as Olamide Goke and Ade Akanbi.
He added that the case has been transferred to the homicide unit, State Criminal Investigation, and Intelligence Department (SCIID) Panti.
He insisted that the suspects had gone to the house to steal from the family and that the knives they used in stabbing them were recovered.